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In the Garden: Jatropha: Little red beauty

January 11, 2017 Jatropha integerrima is a welcome addition for a sunny spot in any size South Florida landscape. Jatropha is a genus of flowering plants in the Euphorbiaceae family. more »»

Living Sanibel: Common Moorhen

January 11, 2017 This widely distributed member of the rail family ranges from Argentina into southern Canada. Unlike its secretive cousins, the clapper rail and the king rail, the moorhen is not a shy bird. more »»

Faces on Faith: Light in the darkness

January 11, 2017 Snowstorms are in progress up north as I pen these thoughts. I can almost feel the freezing, icy wind blowing in from the cold Atlantic coast of New England. Snowbound people at the airports. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Much to look forward to in 2017

January 11, 2017 Happy New Year everybody. Rotarians are already looking ahead to 2017 and plans of all kinds are on the drawing board ready to implement. more »»

Poetic License: Minority Alligator Rap

January 11, 2017 I’m Minority Alligator with minority views — Life’s all a croc so I’m rappin’ the blues. Some call me cocodrilo and others caimán, Lagarto de Indias from days bygone. more »»

On the Water: More warm days of fishing coming

January 4, 2017 Santa Claus brought us blue skies and warm weather for much of the holiday week, perfect for fishing and spending time on the water. more »»

Shell Shocked: The old year gives advice to the New Year

January 4, 2017 Old man 2016 is on the way out and little, newborn 2017 is exercising its vast lung capacity in advance to get a beat on the New Year. more »»

Living Sanibel: Green Iguana

January 4, 2017 The current green iguana population on Sanibel and Captiva Islands is a direct result of the release of this large Central and South American reptile by pet owners who no longer want the animal. more »»

In the Garden: Blue butterfly bush: flight of fancy

January 4, 2017 The blue butterfly bush (Rotheca myricoides) is part of the Verbena family of tropical flowering plants that love the sub-tropical environment of our area. more »»

Faces on Faith: Does anyone have the time?

January 4, 2017 During my college days I was required to read a little book by Og Mandino entitled, “The Greatest Salesman in the Worl. more »»

Shell Shocked: Long lines and sanity

December 28, 2016 I have a friend who has an unusual fetish.  He loves long lines. He will try to find any long line he can so long as there are more than 20 people on it. more »»

Theater Notes: Stretching Christmas (A grampa and granddaughter phone call)

December 28, 2016 Grampa: I want something different this year. I want to stretch Christmas out. Sophia: You mean, like Chanukah? Grampa: No, I don’t mean like Chanukah. I’m going for more than eight days. more »»

Poetic License: My First Tropical Christmas

December 28, 2016 “No hableh ingléh en Viequeh,” (Do not speak English in Vieques) I still remember my mother’s words a few days before Christmas and after we had just completed a five-day steamship voyage to... more »»

Living Sanibel: West Indian manatee

December 28, 2016 Until 1768 there were five species of Sirenia (manatees) in the worl. more »»

In the Garden: Magnolia: Southern beauty

December 28, 2016 The southern magnolia is an evergreen tree that grows naturally throughout much of the Southeastern United States and can be found from eastern North Carolina all the way west to easternmost Texas. more »»

Faces on Faith: A better year ahead

December 28, 2016 King George VI in his Christmas radio address on Christmas, 1939, buoyed the spirits of his listeners with a quote attributed to . more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians can be proud of accomplishments this year

December 28, 2016 Last Friday morning was one of our last meetings of this calendar year 2016. more »»

On the Water: Fishing’s been good for some anglers

December 21, 2016 While fishing has been difficult around Charlotte Harbor, the northern end of Pine Island Sound, and areas of Matlacha Pass, reports of good fishing came from the southern half of the sound, around... more »»

Faces on Faith: God makes his home among the people

December 21, 2016 Many Christians are familiar with the Advent wreath; a circle of evergreens with four candles usually purple, or blue and a larger white center candle. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Holiday spirit and a look ahead to the Rotary arts fair

December 21, 2016 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go on the islands. On Dec. 1, Friday, Sanibel, and Dec. more »»



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